The invasion of the Norsemen is approaching, and the people of Edmund Firehead's settlement must flee if they are to stand any chance of survival. But people have always found Edmund's fiery red hair startling - and the Norsemen are no exception. Instead of killing Edmund on the spot, they take him as a slave.
It's the beginning of a new life - a life that leads Edmund into the heart of battle. Now that the colour of his hair is no longer enough to save him, it is time for Edmund Firehead to fight for his life . . .